A wedding anniversary is a beautiful time in a couple’s life. It’s a time to celebrate and commemorate their love, connection and experiences together. In the past, traditional gifts were given and although many would like to continue with tradition, they would also like to give something different.
For every couple, there is a perfect wedding anniversary gift idea to give one another and one of the best ways to celebrate with a loved one is by giving a gift that combines modern beauty with tradition.
The following list shows the various traditional stones and items like flowers that have been used for wedding anniversaries for ages. They are all a wonderful choice as a wedding anniversary gift idea because they allow people who would like to stick with anniversary traditions but also have the freedom to create something unique and modern.
1st Anniversary: Gold, Peridot, Carnation, Clock
2nd Anniversary: Red Garnet, Lily of the Valley, China
3rd Anniversary: Jade, Pearl, Sunflower
4th Anniversary: Blue Zircon, Blue Topaz, Hydrangea, Appliances
5th Anniversary: Pink Tourmaline, Sapphire, Daisy, Silverware
6th Anniversary: Turquoise, Amethyst, Calla
7th Anniversary: Yellow Sapphire, Onyx, Freesia, Stationery
8th Anniversary: Tanzanite, Tourmaline, Lilac
9th Anniversary: Green Spinel, Lapis Lazuli, Bird of Paradise
10th Anniversary: Blue Sapphire, Diamond, Daffodil
11th Anniversary: Citrine, Turquoise, Yellow Zircon, Tulip
12th Anniversary: Opal, Jade, Peony
13th Anniversary: Moonstone, Hawk’s Eye, Chrysanthemum
14th Anniversary: Agate, Bloodstone, Dhalia
15th Anniversary: Rhodolite Garnet, Alexandrite, Rose, Watches
16th Anniversary: Red Spinel, Aquamarine
17th Anniversary: Carnelian, Watches, Furniture
18th Anniversary: Aquamarine, Cat’s Eye
19th Anniversary: Almandine Garnet, Topaz
20th Anniversary: Yellow Diamond, Emerald, Aster
25th Anniversary: Tsavorite, Green Garnet, Iris
30th Anniversary: Tsavorite Garnet, Silver Jubilee, Lily
40th Anniversary: Pearl, Gladiolus
50th Anniversary: Emerald, Coral, Violets
60th Anniversary: Ruby
70th Anniversary: Cat’s Eye, Sapphire
80th Anniversary: Imperial Topaz, Golden Jubilee
90th Anniversary: Diamond Jubilee, Star Ruby
Combination Wedding Anniversary Gift Idea
One of the most unique ways that anyone can combine the beauty and sentiment of traditional anniversary symbols with the modern gifts of jewellery is by creating a custom piece that reflect all of the symbols in a single piece. Choose a pendant, ring, bracelet or earrings for the gift and have professional jewellers create a piece that takes the traditional stones and combines it with the traditional items. One perfect wedding anniversary gift idea for a 9th anniversary is to create a unique customized pendant of a bird of paradise flower using the traditional stones of green spinel and lapis lazuli. This creation can also include orange tourmaline to add an extra punch of colour into the piece.
Although not every wedding anniversary has a symbol or flower, it gives you the freedom to choose the traditional stone and shape any symbol that has meaning to you and your loved one. For example, a 60th wedding anniversary simply has a ruby but this ruby can be a part of a beautiful sentimental piece that has great meaning to the couple alone.
A wedding anniversary gift idea that’s custom and unique ensures that no one else in the world would have the same piece which is what makes the gift that much more special for one of the most important occasions in a couple’s life. Not only do these pieces last through the ages but they also create a keepsake in time.